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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum points to a diagram of the proposed R-P School site plan. The council has asked engineers and the district to follow up on several discussion items on the plan before granting approval. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural and engineering firm ATS&R, Otomo Engineering, and the Public Works Department. Planning and Zoning has approved of the report and recommended city council review. Dean Beeninga and Ron Spoden, of ATS&R, District Superintendent Chuck Ehler, and School Board Chairman John Linder were in attendance at the Monday, August 24 meeting.

Several changes and clarifications have already been made. Regarding Use Regulations, the proposed school building will be located in an R-2 Single Family zone, while the parking lot is zoned agricultural. The school secured the required Conditional Use Permit from the city June 8. Concern over accurate plot lines, indicating the toe of the bluff in relation to the bluff impact zone, was noted and both the site boundary and topographical survey information have been revised.

There were no issues found with height, yard, and area bulk regulations, including setbacks. Additionally, findings indicate that the ingress/egress access roadway to the east of the site will not be impacted by building construction.

Parking regulations specify one off-street space limitations. Spelled out are one space per preschool, elementary, and junior high staff member, one space per high school staff member, and one space for every three high school students. Based on preliminary plans, this equates to 330 total overall spaces. According to the review, 41 spaces are planned for the east with 289 spaces on the west. This includes 239 “striped” spaces and 50 additional grass-covered overflow spaces. The council noted some concern over parking functionality. “Because of the location, the residents need some protection,” stated councilor Vern Bunke.

“It’s tricky when you design near residential areas,” responded Beeninga. “School parking is tricky. There’s no concern on day to day; only at events.”

Lighting requirements and exterior security lighting will need further review, as suggested by Tom Nigon, Star Energy Services. The district is responsible for parking lot and security lighting. This may be connected to the city light system and would be metered separately for billing to the district. Beeninga discussed some op .....
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Merle A. Evenson

Thu, Aug 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Merle A. Evenson, 77, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at his farm in rural Rushford, Minn. Merle was born on May 20, 1938, in Rushford, Minn. to Sibert and Selma (Neu) Evenson. He was raised in rural Rushford. Merle was baptized and confirm ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves progressive discipline addendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board voted unanimously to approve an addendum to its student handbooks regarding progressive discipline. The policy had drawn some concern in recent months over a lack of clear definition. In July, when the board approv ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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Rushford hires new public works director

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council formally approved the hire of Roger Knutson for the position of Public Works Director Monday, August 10. The position, which had been held by Jeff Copley, was declared vacant at the July 27 meeting, following Copley’s req ..... 
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New auto body business takes hold in Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Take a drive along Rushford’s Industrial Way and you’ll notice something has changed; a step from the town’s past is taking a new leap to the future. Rushford businessman Leigh Volkman has taken ownership of the former auto specialist Dahl’s ..... 
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Letter about no place for a sand mine...

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, By now you have probably caught wind of some sort of scuttlebutt surrounding the Tracie and Michelle Erickson mine located three miles east of Rushford. Perhaps you have read newspaper articles or letters to the editor about CUP v ..... 
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Rushford approves subsidy, lot rezoning as community center sale proceeds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The future of the former community center, a one-time hope and frequent thorn in the side of the city, has now been sealed. Pending final closing of the sale, the building will be sold to Win-Tech Electronics, Inc. The sale was approved by the counc ..... 
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Letter about Houston County planning commission votes not to enforce ordinances...

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, At the July 23 Planning Commission meeting a motion was made and seconded to require that the county board mandate enforcement of county mining ordinances by the Planning and Zoning department. As you may know, over 90% of the c ..... 
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